Thursday, April 29, 2010

May 7 Opening Day?

May 7 was originally the opening day for Obscure on YouTube, Vimeo and the Internet (it's official spot on the Obscure movie site) but because of school and its demands, I didn't think I could realistically have the website ready by then with the layout perfected and the trailer, and the film itself. I REALLY want to keep my promise and have it there, May 7, no flaws. But being realistic .... time will tell.

So the Collective @ The Coppola film festival I entered EXTENDED its due date to April 30! I busted my a** April 22 and nearly the entire day of April 23 to get it done, exported, onto a DVD and under their turn-in door. And even though I previewed it over 10 times on iMovie before exporting, it still had sound defects. So, I'm taking advantage of the second chance and fixing it and turning it back in. I don't know if I can make it shorter, but I think I can make the sound quality better.

We'll see. If I get in, I'm really going to want to go ... I wish Mother's Day wasn't on the same weekend, because I should be home that day and the film festival is HERE.

Well, enjoy the clip! You like? I used it on the iDVD menu screen. It repeats there. Here, it plays once. The guy is the most adorable best friend :)

Here is a picture of my hand-drawn concept sketch for the movie website layout and its features:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Past Pictures: 2 AM before Day 1 Obscure

This was back in late March at like 2 AM, the morning of Day 1 filming of Obscure. I JUST made my concept sketch then came up with the outfit and was testing out the makeup. In the final look I ditched the black and redness around the mouth and extended the black eyeshadow up to the brows. Got rid of the pink lids on the eyes too.

I took the "cutesy" picture to see if I was still capable of looking sane and friendly despite my outfit. Did I succeed?!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Obscure Post Production & Last Day of "Devil's Mark"

I've been posting some screenshots (very few) on Facebook to people who know me to try and get some sense of hype or knowledge of Obscure's opening day. It's a wonderful feeling when friends tell you they're looking forward to seeing your work! Same for my friends on Twitter and YouTube too :)

So I made the "official movie page" the other day and whipped up a quick photoshop blending image for now (I'll have a different one for when the website has the trailer, screenshots, a cast page and the actual movie). I haven't gotten a chance to make a somewhat complex design like that in so long - it's wonderful knowing those are shots by me, ideas from my head, finally made real. Eeeee!

Here's the website page ...

Opening day for Obscure is supposedly May 7, 2010 ... though I'm afraid setting a deadline for myself might not have been such a good idea, cause editing that for the film festival killed me.

Speaking of ...

I started editing Obscure for the school film festival at 2 AM (the morning it was due). It was supposed to be due at 12 PM. I stayed up all night. I stayed up all day and left the computer momentarily to get to a 9 AM class to take a quiz. Got a smoothie, came back and edited til 5 PM. Walked to the art building to turn it in.

What sucks is on iMovie it doesn't always show you how it really SOUNDS when you go through it before exporting ... so there was a lot of background sounds of me talking that ARE NOT supposed ot be there, and take away from the film.

It was also roughly cut .. cause I was rushing so badly. The movie that will be released on the Internet is supposed to be much more trimmed, make more sense and have much better sound.

The film was about 7:45 minutes (the one I turned in) ... I have a feeling it won't get in cause it's too long, which makes me sad. But none of the actors are going to be able to make it to the festival anyway. I might not too ...

So I'm trying to focus on making the Internet debut much better, considering I'm not expecting to get in, and if I do, I probably won't be there to see it and if I am I'll be kind of embarassed because it wasn't the cleanest cut edit. It looks like I was careless and didn't try when really I was awake for 15+ hours straight, editing it and rewatching it to try and make it as clean cut as possible cause I was already late for the turn-in time of 12 PM (I turned it in at about 5:30 PM that day)

I don't know if they received it, but well ... we'll see. The day of the film festival is May 8.

I'm planning to release it to the Internet on May 7 ... if I can make it in time.

Cause I also wanted to finish an official trailer, a working website and MAYBE the Audivila Films website. It's not realistic though. But it is what I wish for.

Now, for a sneak peek screenshot:

I wish I could have some "exclusive" videos on the website too of like tours of the place, short videos about "the making of" and scouting for locations and maybe even concept sketches or how I came up with the idea. It'd be okay to add those later though, right? Cause it's completely not realistic or smart prioritizing to expect to come up with all those videos, two websites, a trailer AND the final cut for the actual damn movie. GAH!

.... yeah I totally should not have set an opening day. I should have said "SUMMER 2010" not freaking May 7. Guhhh I might have to extend it ...



As for Devil's Mark ...

Today was supposed to be the last day of filming, but really it was yesterday! It was also supposed to go from 9 AM - 8 PM, but the producer let me go early! She said she used to do makeup for movies so she knows what it's like to wait around, feeling like you're wasting your time. My best friend came with me to accompany me and help me get to the place (we had to take two buses). We got to eat at this hippie-ish/spanish cafe' then walk to an apartment with REALLY steep stairs and a scary basement (the filming location was supposed to be a hideout area for the two Christians hiding from the Satanic authority). Luckily I got to setup makeup upstairs, in a beautifully sun-lit room ... so no scary basements for me!

I did makeup on two the lead actors for the last time and on one of the techie guys/editors that was filling in as a "satanic cop" He was really nice, and told me a bit about my school's film program. He said it was more independent and didn't really prepare you for feature films, like L.A., but he also repeated something everyone I ask has said, "It's not so much where you go, but who you know and what you do." It must be true then?

I also did makeup for fun on the friend who brought me there. Natural guy makeup! I just added some skin-colored powder, clear lip balm and redefined his eyebrows haha. I also used an undereye brightening stick on him.

Speaking of, I need to wash my brushes and sterilize stuff I used on those people.

And well! I hugged the producer and one of the actresses and left with my suitcase full of makeup and things to entertain (books, movies). Left much earlier than anticipated, which ROCKED!

I'm so glad my friend came with me :)

I got some of me doing makeup on them on tape too, so I might post that to AUDFACED or AUDIVILA on YouTube someday when I have time to edit. Hopefully they send me a DVD of Devil's Mark in the future ... I wanna see how the makeup showed up!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Promotion & Procrastination

Totally procrastinated. Film is due tomorrow at noon. I'll be up all night editing, but it's okay.

But I did make a fun, promotional video. Not the real trailer yet.

I'm planning on making a full-on viewing movie website for Obscure. Movie posters, Cast page and all! :)

But for now, enjoy Obscure + KE$HA! hahaha

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Films, how original a title

Day 2 of being on set of The Devil's Mark was maybe less stressful because I was more familiar with the work I was to do, but sitting around for hours waiting to assist in touch-ups was killer. I didn't bring my laptop this time in hopes I'd read this book for class, but I didn't get too far. It's kinda of lonely there, but at least all day shooting was on campus.

As for my own film, Obscure, I was suppose to edit it today, all day, but I didn't do half as much as I'd hoped. I got 4 hours of sleep from like 10 PM-1:30 AM ... and I have one class tomorrow at about 12:30 PM so I'm just planning to stay up and get as much done as possible. It's 5 AM right now. I know, unhealthy, but it's due Friday and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are going to be slightly busy. And after this, it's academics, of course. So I want it done. I've had to stay up pretty long editing a few times this year, I should be used to it. Besides, it's my baby, a film I wrote, directed, did makeup for and acted in. I should be thrilled to be editing it! ... though I do wish for sleep. Ah well. Hopefully this turns out right!

Someone just suggested I make a movie trailer for it. Haha, maybe after I actually finish the movie. I LOVE making trailers though. I already made 2 movie posters for it, so yes! A trailer is must.

Tonight/as the sun rises, the plan is to work on just getting the story elements in. Tomorrow, when time I will work on lighting and stabilizing and good angles. Hopefully the last to do is all the sound, music and special sound effects. I may have to add some sounds of my own (footsteps, child giggles, whispers etc.)

Well, that's the plan!

Good day/night/morning for now.

Man, just when I started going to sleep early, I have to break it to finish this.

Oh and I heard today A LOT of artists stay up til like 2 AM and beyond frequently cause it's their most creative hours. And that it's soon to be a mental illness? Hmm ... well. I have no problem with whatever it's called. It's when all the ideas and hard work come :P Just how some people work.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lessons on set from observation

As Director
- give the actors some freedom to interpret their own lines and listen to their suggestions
- be friendly to everyone on set, familiarize

As Gaffers/Light
- uhhh ... know what you're doing. the world of these men (they're all men here) is still super misty to me

As an actor
- bring some of your own makeup,it can be a lifesaver
- familiarize yourself with people you have lines with
- work on interpretting the lines
- try 2
- hold your eyelids relaxed for the makeup!

- bring food
- check in with everyone occasionally
- carry a clipboard

makeup artist
- when you have freetime, reorganize your makeup so that all the brushes are together, all the eyemakeup is separate from the lipsticks, etc. when rushing on set, you want things to be easy to find and grab
- bring tissue, oil wipes and cosmetic wedges
- keep your hands clean and not weird-smelling
- chew gum or don't breathe on them ... luckily i didn't have to go through anything traumatic as the artist to learn this. though when i had my makeup done as a bridesmaid for a wedding, it would have been nice if i wasn't breathed on in the hot weather
- bring "stuff" just in case i.e. hairspray, extra brushes, that color you never use etc.

On Set

I just did makeup on

1. A middle aged woman, maybe 28 who is Latina
2. A 12 year old girl ^ her daughter
3. a Latino man? Portuguese i think Maybe 40's he plays an evil guard
4. he father; 40's but looks young, caucasian
5. a 23 year old, african american woman. she's gorgeous! i love how colors show up on her skin
6. a young man, maybe early to mid 20's, caucasian

SO many different skin tones! Luckily the producer brought 3 palettes called "Cinema Secrets." Saved me, because I don't have foundation and concealer for all these skin tones.

Basically I've been covering blemishes, contouring, defining eyebrows and putting dark circles on people. In my mind I'm just trying to imagine I'm Michelle Phan and that I know what I'm doing. When I started contouring this woman's nose she was like, "Hmm i've never heard of this before. Interesting." I was like eeeep in my head I'm like, "Act like you know what you're doing. Act like you know what you're doing."

I'm actually still on set right now, the actors are in the same room. I brought my laptop and some books, knowing that on set there's intense work, then hours of sitting around doing nothing. Horray!

I'm so glad we're on campus though, so my dorm is about 5 minutes away and food to buy is nearby (though they have a snack table) and a fully functioning bathroom is right down the hall. This is my favorite building here.

What's funny is, right outside the studio that they're shooting in is the hallway I shot the first narrative script I wrote (Hard Candy) It was a rushed film and only 5 minutes, but it was for CMF (Campus Movie Fest 2009). The same bathroom I did makeup on my friend/actress is the one I just went to. Nyehehe.

Sooo I'm still here. Kind of tired, but at least I have my laptop and food! It's already 2:30 PM though, and we have to be out of here by 5 PM. They started setting up at 9 AM. I got here at 10:30 AM. Oh how slow things go.

I understand though, technical problems get in the way. Good thing we're not outside though, cause waiting for the sun/chasing the sun is insane sometimes.

I wish I had all of today to edit Obscure and work on some prom makeup tutorials, but I'm glad I didn't bail on this project.

Hey, maybe I'll have my name in the credits of this film! How cool would that be, "Makeup Artist" or "Makeup by ...."

Ooooh how fun :)

You know what'd be cool? Doing makeup on girls from my old high school for prom.

Okay I'm getting ahead of myself.

SO I tried editing Obscure last night but I burnt out, so tired. My friend wants to go out tonight but I really want to get some videos and homework done. She was the star of Obscure though, so I'm torn between what to do :|

Weeelll I suppose I'll end this haphazard blog for now. Till later!

Hopefully Devil's Mark gets posted on the Internet somewhere or they have a preview so that you will be able to see their makeup :)

I realized I just want to be involved in all the aspects of film:

writing, directing, editing, cinematography, acting, voice, makeup, costume, hair, producing, storyboarding and set design ... it sounds like i'm indecisive but really i think, i just love the world of film in pre and post production and well, production at that. wonder what that means...
Today was strangely tiring. I don't feel accomplished or as if I did any tiring work. But my legs hurt and I feel more tired than I usually do for 4:30 AM! Maybe it's because for the past 2-3 days I've been trying to sleep by 2 AM. (I usually stay up pretty late, against my desires ... one time this week I was up til like 6. Then 8. AM)

Gweh anyway, so it's Friday night to me but tech. it's Saturday morning now.

I had no classes on Friday but I spent most of the day running around, then I went to watch part of the film festival. The producer of The Matrix and Lord of the Rings was there (I think?) to accept an award so I was like ... le gasp. Just knowing he was around people like Gimli, Gandalf, Aragorn and Legolas is enough for me. And the Matrix! Forever one of my favored movies. But anyway, I got to see some Documentary, Music Video and Cinematographer based student films. Really good, it made me want to go there I'll admit. But then I remembered a review online that said, "save all the money you wold have spent on tuition for equipment." Right now it's my desire to stay here.

I rushed to Walgreens after leaving the festival to buy some cosmetic wedges for the dress rehearsal back at school.

So many angry people, any trains, angry cars ...

I rushed back to my dorm to fix my makeup and pick UP my makeup bag, and when I got to the studio I was an hour late but when i asked, "Am I late?" They were like, "Ohh noo ... we're just getting started." Shoulda known from my own experience that the call time is often extended cause no one's really ready :P

I did makeup on a 23 year old actress who is playing the lead. She is African-American and BEAUTIFUL! Though I was worried my cosmetics weren't gonna show up on her skin. We had some trouble, but luckily she brought her NARS blush (which worked wonders) and she's bringing her own foundation tomorrow, cause I don't have their skin types ...

I'm worried. I'm worried they can all tell I'm not professional :( But gah! They advertised at a school so they got a student makeup artist Mehhh. I just hope I don't do a crap job for first day of shooting tomorrow. 8 Hours of shooting! Gahhh

It was nice to go to another school's festival, then come to a film shooting by by own school to assure me that I can still make some nice films here THEN get to go back to my dorm, freshen up and work on editing my own short, Obscure.

UNFORTUNATELY i am so tired i stopped within 2 hours.

and my eyes are falling closed

i have to get up early tomorrow. on sunday too. and i have a ton of hw and editing.

save me

Friday, April 16, 2010

3 Filmly Things

I finally painted my fingernails and toenails black today yayy. Wow that sounds grosser than it should have. But I bought the nailpolish for like 98 cents from a place near home and brought it to college and I thought I didn't bring it but I did and WHOO I am painted and drying. I actually bit off most of my nails when stressing about stats but hey, here I am.

... So, that was my non-film talk.

Tomorrow, I am doing three filmly things:

1. Going to the first hour and a half of a film festival hosted by another school. I have free tickets, but I may be alone for this one :(

2. Got to come back to school early to attend the dress rehearsal of Devil's Mark as their makeup artist

3. Spend the night (hopefully) doing some progressive editing on Obscure. I really need to get this done, I don't have another weekend to work on it after this one!

Speaking of, I have two trial movie posters. What think?

Nyehhh I'm nervous for tomorrow. But no classes, yay!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Student Films

This young filmmaker who has been raising money for his film, Solomon Grundy finally reached $10,000! It's inspiring and exciting to see someone breaking into the industry and reaching his dreams. He even has a IMDB page! < His blogspot < His IMDB for Solomon (wow what'd I'd give to be on IMDB!)

He was born not too far away from I was ... wow, how did he make it up there? I hope I can intern or shadow him someday :P


Well about my own little film, Obscure ...

School as usual has been hectic. I've been trying to plan all these school tours but yesterday I think I decided to stay where I am, change my major to cinema (possibly) or just something else and minor in something and just do film by collaborating, finding individual gigs and opportunities and taking small classes and summer workshops etc and pushing on my own ... I'd like film to be my main source of income but realistically I know I should have something on the side.

So I haven't had time to edit Obscure. I think I need to start my editing process over, I had too much going on and I was throwing in a bunch of random clips.

I've been looking on Craigslist lately, "studying the job market" (or at least, I think that's how people do it) and it feels like design, web design and graphic design always have lots of jobs ... I'd do that, but my school doesn't offer a graphic design major, I don't think. And I think I might be somewhat good at it, but I don't really like formatting simple logos and stuff. I like intricate things like movie posters and artsy t-shirt designs.

Ehh I don't know. But I'm really glad I'm staying at this school. I hope it can still offer a lot, though I do understand school is what you put into it. I don't want to put my parents in debt with art school and it'd be pretty cool if I made it and I can say, "I didn't go to art school/film school." True, I'd LOVE to attend a school engulfed in art ... but I don't want to be $50,000 in debt. I've done more reading, touring, thinking, crying, review-reading, video-watching about prospective schools than is healthy for me and well ... I think I'm going to stay here. People and things I love are here too. The location has many opportunities.

9 days left to finish editing Obscure ...

Oh but I'm going to a school-based film festival this Friday! I got free tickets for two. I'm excited.

That same day is dress rehearsal for Devil's Mark, a student film that I'm helping out as makeup artist. I'm nervous, I hope that can't tell I don't really know what I'm doing :X

I'll keep ya updated!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Obscure Editing

Well. Since I am swamped with 19 units of classes this semester, bad planning, trying to plan tours to visit art schools I might want to transfer to and too many individual side projects, I haven't gotten the chance to fully put all my attention on editing Obscure. I compiled a bunch of test footage all in this one project and I think that kind of backfired cause now it's like 12 minutes of confusion. I may just start over. (In Editing) Maybe this current project will just be a test to see how some footage works and how some does not. I filmed a bunch of intro/nature/setting from 3 locations, 2 specifically chosen for Obscure, the other while I happened to be in a slightly foresty region with my family.

So anyway ... one more weekend until it's due. The 23rd. I really really want to get in. It'd make my year :P

So I wrote this "Post Production" planning thing on paper where I tried to break down times. For example

2:00 - Intro, subtitles & setup
2:00 - Setup, rise to climax
1:00 - Climax
1:00 Fall from Climax
1:00 Closure + Credits

It has to be under 8 minutes, so I was aiming for 6-7. I don't want this film to seem rushed and half assed :(

I also wrote down the mood I'm trying to convey. I wrote: eerie, doll-like, psychotic, lonely, confusing.

I still need to re-record the short song I wrote in my creepy little girl voice.

Sound effects i esp. want: Whispers, giggles, fantastical movie music, rustles maybe

I hope I have time to edit ... these school tours and early life crisis is really getting in the way of everything. So is my fear of failing stats and finding housing for next year.

But here, enjoy a picture of my two best friends out of character and one of my editing in the making!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

OBSCURE: Day 2 of Filming

It wasn't easy to get started, but it's 1:37 AM right now, and about 7-8 hours ago me and 3 others finished Day 2 of filming Obscure and Obscure overall.

Since it was a Saturday and we're all in COLLEGE ... getting up was not easy. Nope, not at all.

And -

1. it looked like it was going to rain
2. finding food at the beginning was a bit unnerving and confusing
3. there was an open house/sneak peek on our campus that morning so the campus was swarming with high school seniors ... which was nice to have the campus seem not-deserted and made us feel like we're not the only ones awake, but it was also a bit annoying because they were all over the place and they were clogging the places we needed to eat/buy food from
4. at the forest setting, there was a wedding ... so we had to watch out not to freak them out with our unconventional appearance and attire
5. it started lightly drizzling when we arrived at the forest

So I packed, wrote a rushed Shot List (AGAIN) despite having the whole week, made sure to pack water bottles, tissue, and extra jackets for people, brought a huge duffle bag to fit EVERYTHING in (including the tripod that I never actually used).

Err it's late so im not typing too logically so bear with me

I did makeup and hair and fed people at my dorm then we headed out by 1 ... which was a lot later than I had wanted. We were supposed to FINISH at 1. Oh well.

We had to walk to the train station and ride public transportation and walk in public so we put on minimal makeup and sweats over the dresses. Didn't feel like looking too crazy that day.

I wish we had some private transport bus ... hahaha the "Audivila Films" transport. So we don't have to lug around stuff, pay for public transport or walk in public with our costumes. And some people had to walk out of the forest with fake blood all over them and get on the train ... wonder if it startled any civilians :P

The forest was different, but a bit nicer since it wasn't too isolated and a little easier to move around and store things on. There were some picnic tables, which I am SO thankful for. Last time, we could only put all our stuff on top of a tree stump. That was damp. Yeuck.

I had a hard time focusing because I was out of it and honestly this entire process has been a bit doubtful, stressful and confusing. I wouldn't have made it through had it not been for my encouraging friends and crew people and their optimism. Seriously. If it were some group of people I had just hired, I don't think I'd had been able to do it.

We had lots of fun footage of random dancing and laughing - and yes, we didn't forget to do the famous group hug at the end.

We were out of there by at least 5:30 PM.

Afterwards we went back to school, freshened up, ate dinner, showered then relaxed. I just finished uploading the footage to iMovie.

It's weird, how long it takes to film stuff for a 5-7 minute film. Then again I had given myself so many tasks and little energy so we were moving slow.

Obscure was filmed on two separate days, once in March and once in April. And neither of the days were physically or mentally easy. But I haven't been this exicted to finish editing a film, ever. It's, to me, my first real narrative, as short, minimal and simple as it may turn out.

I have a strong feeling I won't be able to make any new films in awhile after this, being the end of school soon and how exhausting this process was. Especially cleaning up and dragging ourselves out there to random locations.

Lessons learned
- Hm next time have your luggage (equipment) and shot list ready BEFORE the morning of
- Feed them before you start. If they say they're not hungry, feed them anyway! Especially if there will be no time for break
- Check on your actors
- Defend them from mosquitoes (this time I brought bug spray though, ha! Though I was too late to save one person from a bug bite ... I saw the bugger too.)
- Take filler shots, they may come in handy
- Take the more complicated shots first
- Stay warm
- Stay hydrated
- Be aware of surroundings
- Watch out for prickly plants
- Watch out for "bitch squirrels"

PS - I kinda didn't put as much attention to detail in terms of costume detail, intricate makeup an hair. I suppose I didn't have much time or energy to, this time. And most of the closeups were done last time. We didn't have our weapons this time either, since I didn't want to be carrying those to school AND on public transportation. We didn't really need them though, I'm thankful to say.

Well! Submissions are due April 23 at noon. Hopefully I'll get it in at least 2 days before then. Because if anything, I spend oodles of time (often more than is healthy) on editing, and so I hope that's what will help make this film good! I hope I get into the festival, even if it's just for a school club :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Umm so I couldn't go location scouting today. Stayed in bed after I went to my 9 AM midterm all day. All this work and lack of food and sleep finally caught up to me! I don't have a full-on fever yet but I gave up today's productivity trying to heal before it got bad.

Mehh so tomorrow I have one class thankfully and I hope to go location scouting. I have some random people that kind of offered to help with the film, but other than that not much. I want to give them all the info as soon as possible formally but I didn't get to that today.

It's late now though, and I'm conflicted between doing stuff, doing advance homework or sleeping. I took two vitamin C tablets. I hope that and water will do for the night, cause I took cold medicine earlier.

Oh and I gave in and showed my friend (one of the actors in Obscure) the ending I made for the film. He likes it, yay!

- psychotic, editing, color scheme, creepy

Monday, April 5, 2010

My second class just got cancelled for Monday! So I have a critical thinking midterm in the morning til 10 AM then I'm free.

So I'm hoping I can go on a short scouting mission to find the location to film the rest of Obscure.

On the search for the perfect foresty region!

Back to School

Well it's early Monday morning, as in the 12:27 AM of to me, what is still Sunday.

I'm back at school. I had a lot more luggage than usual because one, I'm staying here for a long time two, I had to bring all my makeup for the makeup artist job with someone else's student film and three, I had to bring my props for Obscure. Good thing for duffle bags! I am forever a duffle bag appreciator from now on.

So on the way here, despite it being nighttime I was trying to find locations to film the rest of Obscure. I need a foresty area without civilization surroundings and preferably somewhat high grass. I don't want to have the worry of passersby staring at strangely dressed teens looking somewhat threatening.

Buut we'll see. I have four possible locations. That's not too bad. I am hoping to film this weekend on Saturday or Sunday. I'm just afraid people won't be able to make it. I checked the weather though - should be sunny. Cause today it's pouring.

I wrote this messy shot list but I want to have definite actors set by at least Tuesday, a final shot list and everything I need to make the second day of filming efficient and quick. Submissions aren't due until April 23, but considering all my other projects and keeping up with school, I should film this thing a.s.a.p. so that I have time for some quality editing and any problems that may arise last minute.

I can't wait for if this really goes through; I love the feeling of turning in a film. I really really hope it gets chosen for screening. It's just a small student festival within my college campus, but honestly it means the world to me right now. Gotta start somewhere.

I had this idea of, when I make 8-10 short films or creations, I should put them on a DVD and create a cute little menu for them. First Audivila Films DVD! Haha, wishful thinking.

Last last night I drafted more layouts and text for the Audivila Films website. So excited! I was looking at my old HTML books ... it's been so long since I coded a webpage. I'm going to have to find my old passwords and study my old websites to remember how to do everything!

I hope to have the website open by May.

Well, I wish I could draft stuff tonight but it's kinda late and I have to do some stuff for school for tomorrow. Hopefully I can get down to business after Monday classes!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Concept sketches were made before the first "dress rehearsal" which was also about an hour before filming :P

I'm quite happy with how the makeup and costumes turned out :) You like?

I probably can't come back to the original location of Day 1 filming, and I'll be starting school in about 2 days. So to be honest I'm worried this won't get finished in time. Submission's aren't due til noon on April 23, but still, school eats up time and energy like no other. I'm also more prone to napping and being unproductive when I'm in the dorms for some reason.

I need two more actors to be victims. I need time to edit. Need to go to open houses. Need to pass stats. Need to be loyal to my other duties.

I seriously have not slept more than 7 hours on a single night of spring break. GAH.

I have two more videos I want to film tomorrow for makeup but I haven't finalized the script yet and it's 2:30 AM.

I've been editing Obscure all day and now the freaky music is stuck in my head.


Okay. No more whining.

- If anything, know what scenes you need next

Friday, April 2, 2010

More Lessons

I guess a 3CCD camera is what you call those huge thingys?

I need to educate myself ... when I'm not sleep deprived.

OBSCURE: Day 1 of Filming

There's 3 of us. Entire cast and crew.

So we were planned to meet around 9:45-10 AM at someone's house to eat breakfast, then get filming. However, we did not get to a house and cooking til about 10:30 say 11. Which was okay, because at this rate unfortunately we weren't going to have time for lunch.

Because of me, we were a bit slow on actually leaving the house. One, I did not have the script ready, nor all the props in one place. We still had to try on costumes, and do makeup, all of which I was kind of in charge of. The concept sketches matched everyone perfectly though, which made me happy since I just drew them the night before at verrry late hours of delirium.

Gah so burnt out. All this spring break I have been in front of the camera every single day either for makeup channel videos and now this. All of which I've been neglecting sleep, food, relaxation and a night's sleep. I can feel the cold coming, and I get chills sometimes. I know it's not good, and I wish more than anything to just relax this break, but I understand that in school, I never have the time or location to film these types of things, so it's a sacrifice I willingly make, however unhealthy it is sometimes.

So anyway!

We spent time at the house getting props together, informing each other on the script, eating grilled cheese, trying on dresses, foofing up everyone's hair, packing on the freaky makeup and going to the shed to select an innocent gardening tool that would become an eerie killer's killing device of choice. The actor that was meant to use it first chose this thing that is for loosening soil and it looks like a hammer/prick, but the other two of us looked at each other and said, "Nahhh." We considered a gardening pitch fork, a saw (but it had a cute orange handle so no), a hammer and garden clippers.
At first I didn't think it looked that scary, but the other two did, and they convinced me. Apparently I do not know what types of tools can kill a person o__o

We also had to choose a knife from the kitchen for the other killer. I hate knives. Hate washing them, hate holding them, hate being around them. Needless to say I am the actor that did it, and I wrote the script. HEH. What people do for film these days. Once again, the other two agreed on a knife that they said looked much more scary than the one I chose xD I went with their choice.

Makeup and hair took awhile and I must say, I was a very frazzled one. I understand now how much easier it is to have set people for costume, for makeup etc. Instead I was script writing, costume designing, applying makeup, dressing myself up (I did some brief acting) and getting the equipment.

For the forest ... it was a bit weird riding the car looking the way we did, buuut oh well. We got there and some people gave us strange looks cause

1. we looked like zombies
2. we looked like we were about to kill/had killed someone
3. we looked like we were going to perform satanic rituals in the forest
4. we looked like we were vandalizing
5. we had weapons
6. we had masks
7. it just looked shady and scary
8. well ... we're teenagers.

SO trekking through the field and being unsure of how private the property was, the beginning was nerve racking and a bit freaky. But the setting was perfect. The place was so untouched that the ground barely had pathways and were layered with stacks of naturally fallen nature and SUPER tall grass. I got terrible rashes on my feet later (I was in slip on sandals) and later and we got mosquito bites ... next time, we wear boots and bug spray and heavier jackets! It was by the lake so it was breezy. I know for a fact all of our immune systems got weaker today. I told you, what people do for film nowadays!

So it was so untouched that the tall trees were creaking like wooden doors, some of them about to fall over. How natural ... and freaky. At first I kept thinking there was a cabin nearby and someone was there. SO PARANOID. Everyone was paranoid at one point. But within an hour or so, we started getting really into what we were doing, and more comfortable with the forest.

Being unrealistic and a stressed fluffball, I wanted to film EVERYTHING that day and get it over with so I dont have to bother them again, drag them out there, get them dressed, have to walk through that itchy field all over again, etc. but we started late and to admit I have been exhausted all week, so we got a lot done, but not everything. I said I could render the story to what footage we did have, but one of the actors assured me they were willing to come back another day when we were more refreshed and prepared. I didn't want to, because I wanted to be done, but I agreed. The sun was still up as late as past 6 PM, but we left around that time.

Annnd I discovered a mosquito bite on my left arm. Argh. THERE WERE SO MANY STRANGE BUGS OUT THERE. Such natural, untouched territory. Reminds me sometimes what land really looks like minus the neighborhoods and stores.

We filmed for at least 2-4 hours. All of us were behind the camera, holding the camera or in front of the camera at one point. 3 person crew! We were slowed a lot though from the cold and the fact that it was very hard to walk in that forest, since there were potholes, high grass, thorns and sharp wood all over the place.

To anyone else, I'm pretty sure we looked like really really really demented teenagers. I'm so glad no one saw o__o and I'm a little unnerved at the thought of going back there. Truly, it's a bit of a scary location. Natural and pretty, but still scary at how lonely and isolated it is.

Sometimes we scared each other when we were the ones holding the camera, filming a killer walking towards the camera, raising a weapon. But we all know each other so well, so better ourselves than anyone else!

One actor said our team balances us out. We have people that worry about safety, an optimistic person and someone in between, I suppose. Yay us!

The walk back to the car was evil. We had a lot of stuff to carry and the field was hard to trek through. The grass was so high!

We were so relieved to reach the car, and a portable sink was around so some of us washed our hands and feet. In the car, we turned up the heater, chilled but happy to be on our way back.

So we drove back to the house and everyone spent some time freshening up and changing back into normal clothes. Thankfully, we had food in the house when we got back so we were able to eat dinner together and watch the first half of The Mummy, on DVD.

I'm positive we're all exhausted but here I am blogging because I don't want to forget the experience and I still need to plan some other video scripts for tomorrow. (not for Obscure, but something else) And ... to be honest, I'm a bit curious on how the footage looks with some test special effects on iMovie. So if I have to sanity, before I sleep I'll do that.

I just wish I had been able to keep everyone warmer, less itchy, more comfortable, less hungry, more in-motion (i wasn't exactly prepared to do all this today) and less paranoid. I'm so thankful at how willing and understanding they are. They're seriously the best people to work with. They could've slept in or been relaxing in the comfort of a home but nope, they chose to come with me, dress freaky and drag themselves out to a freaky forest to film some weird video for a student film contest.

Love them.

Lessons Learned ... or made notice of
- Remember actors need sleep, warmth and food. It's so easy to get caught up in filming as to neglect safety and health

- Visit the setting beforehand

- Stay optimistic, but safe

- Look out for each other

- Ask for other's opinion and consider taking up their idea

- Know when it's time to call it a day

- Mistake footage can have snippets of the best shots during editing

- Unplanned scenes can also do this

- Motions can be manipulated with editing to look a different way
e.g) reverse, connotation

- Take time to do group hugs. So amazing

- Next time, I want to hand the actors a list with all their scenes, times, things they need to know, etc.

- Next time, I want to rehearse the scenes before we get there

- Next time, I want time to talk about the story to the actors

- Next time, I want to have all the props and shot lists ready before the morning of :P

Our group hug in the forest was very needed and I have never been in a more needed, comforting group hug in my life til today.

Gah so tired. I'm out. Thanks for reading!


Edits & Adds

- Since none of us are used to the camera, two of us asked people not to look when we were doing scenes where we walked towards the camera in a freaky manner. Only one of us did not mind. Haha, even the person holding the camera couldn't look sometimes! We're silly like that.

- Licking knives was involved. Me? Licking a knife? Never in a million years did I think.

- Sometimes we had to carry each other because some of us were in sandals and the ground wasn't too good to walk on.

- We're considering filming Day 2 in a similar but different location closer to our school. Cause we're on spring break so we're here, but when it's over we won't be.

-All of us had the do the same "scary walk" where all of us tripping in a hole in the ground, thus breaking our scary face posture. So silly.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Filming "Obscure" tomorrow - Psychological Thriller

I got a date where my two friends are free and so we're booked to start filming "Obscure" tomorrow!

Gah it's almost 1 AM though and I haven't really written the script. I have the general idea, some costumes and props and a location but as for what I imagine doing when I get there, I still have to plan. Always cramming! But seriously, all of spring break I haven't relaxed at all. For some reason filming makeup tutorials takes A LOT out of a person, if you care about lighting, background and good angles. Arggh. But this is what I love to do and I choose to, so I shouldn't complain.

So Obscure is supposed to be a horror/psychological thriller. It's for this bi-annual film festival within my school, but if things go well enough, maybe I can submit it to more places? I'll just have to look out for copyright music and sounds.

So my idea is, Obscure is a silent film that mostly takes place in a forest or abandoned wood run area. I won't say the plot because it's supposed to be a puzzle and it's a silent film, so, if I say it here the film might be no fun...if it turns out right. But I'm aiming to make it horror/psychological thriller.

I am going to load up on special effects ... on iMovie.

Is it normal to get creeped by your own ideas/footage you took yourself/ideas in your head? I always gravitate to horror and scary things yet they terrify me. Straaange.

So this film is supposed to involve forests, masks, fake blood, memory loss, knives and scary girls. Sound fun? Sound typical? Nyehh we'll see.

I even wrote a song for it! It's like 4 lines though, but I think it'll be the only dialogue or spoken words in the entire thing. It's gonna be like .... 6-8 minutes since there is a time limit.

Team Audivila! :) So excited I am filming a narrative tomorrow! I've been doing tiresome documentaries in teams for so long, it's about time I got to do something like this. So thankful!

PS - I have two actors and myself tomorrow. However I need another person so I am going to be acting with them at one point tomorrow. Despite how many times I've put myself in front of the camera for a tutorial or talk video, when it's people watching and other people holding a camera, I get so awkward! Wish me luck!


- bring your camera when you are visiting an interesting place. you never know what footage could come in handy later. *this is saved me so many times and gotten me footage i wouldn't have been able to film when i needed it

- expect changes, expect things to be not what you expected. is the image of a painting in an artist's head the same as their finished product? rarely ever

- the weather is usually not on your side

- do not drop your camera. yeah.

- Keep the camera on longer

- Try multiple perspectives and angles

- Be patient with the actors, they're not inside your head